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Current challenges for biometric security, with focus on fingerprints

Volume 109 / 2016

Preda Mihăilescu, Benjamin Tams Banach Center Publications 109 (2016), 117-142 MSC: Primary 92-01; Secondary 94A17. DOI: 10.4064/bc109-0-8


In this paper we discuss some imminent vulnerabilities of biometric systems, which have been potentially known for a longer time, yet they have not been sufficiently taken into account. In particular, we explain why comparing lower bounds of security of biometric systems with the state of the art lower bounds known from cryptography is a logical necessity and not a far reached goal: insufficient security in complex hybrid systems easily may compromise the stronger components in the complex.


  • Preda MihăilescuMathematical Institute
    University of Goettingen
    Bunsenstr. 3–5
    D-37073 Goettingen, Germany
  • Benjamin TamsInstitute for Mathematical Stochastics
    University of Goettingen
    Goldschmidtstr. 5–7
    D-37077 Goettingen, Germany

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